By Pasha Hashemzadeh
The big injury news this offseason has been highlighted by several starting tight ends going down.
First, we had Tyler Eifert have ankle surgery on the ankle he injured in the Pro Bowl, with a timetable of 3-4 months of recovery. This makes him very questionable for the first few weeks of the season, and the missed time this summer will certainly set him back when he returns. The injury could make him a value pick in leagues this fall, as his ADP is surely going to consistently drop. Aside from A.J. Green there are no other established receiving targets on the roster, so Eifert could see a nice workload when he comes back.
Ladarius Green ended last season on IR and recently had surgery on the ankle that has been bothering him. He’s to miss all of OTAs, though the Steelers expect him back and healthy for camp. With his immense talent and athleticism, he has major upside in the Steelers’ high-powered offense.
Seemingly out of nowhere we find out that Gary Barndige has sports hernia. He recently had surgery to repair the issue and the recovery time is not expected to be long, as while he will miss OTAs, he is expected back for camp. Barnidge had a nice year in 2015 despite poor quarterback play, and it is likely he has hit his ceiling. Without an established signal caller under center, Barnidge’s prospects of a repeat season are not very good. Consider him a TE2 with upside.
Jared Cook is now sidelined after undergoing foot surgery. He will miss the remainder of OTAs and the hope is that he will be back at some point during training camp. The Packers are calling it a minor surgery, and Cook should be ready to roll well ahead of the regular season.